Caven blog

September 2012

Car maker Ford expected to cut UK staff

According to a report released by the BBC, the US car maker has said it is going to cut jobs throughout Europe due to a lack of demand.

Ford has car plants in several UK towns including Southampton and Dagenham, and employs some 15,000 staff.

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Furniture shop appears to exploit loophole in licensing regulations

A shop purporting to sell furniture in Farnham in Surrey, called Innsatiable, has opened a free bar on its premises, saying that giving away free alcoholic drinks attracts more customers.

BBC News reports that the shop does not have an alcohol license, so selling alcohol would be illegal. However, staff members suggest that customers might wish to purchase a beer-mat, priced at £2.75, or items of furniture that are grouped around tables for drinkers to test, in order to ‘support’ the business.

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Nursery owner attempted to cover up reason for 3-year-old’s head injury

A multicultural nursery has been fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,500 by recorder Malcolm Morse at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. The court found that the owner, Irshan Ahmed, tried to cover up the reason why a three-year-old boy fell from a first-floor fire-escape staircase and suffered a head injury.

The small boy, Eshan Ahmed, who lives in Aston, fell head-first from the outside staircase onto the concrete below in March last year, after running from staff at Little Hippos Nursery and Day Care Centre in Summer Lane, Birmingham.

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Doctors avoiding pension taxes by temporarily retiring

According to The Telegraph, more than 200 doctors are avoiding tax on their pensions by retiring for 24 hours in order to exploit a loophole.
Each doctor is saving up to £75,000 by retiring before a change was made to the Lifetime Allowance on April 5 this year.

The Lifetime Allowance is the total capital value of one’s pension, excluding state pension arrangements, which doesn’t attract additional tax.

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London Metropolitan University seeking judicial review over visa ban

Lawyers for the London Metropolitan University are to appear at the High Court to ask for a ban on recruiting overseas students to be suspended, according to the BBC.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) last month took away the university’s right to sponsor overseas students due to claims it had not addressed issues regarding English skills and the right of students to be in the UK.

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Should the law be changed to routinely arm British police officers?

The debate about whether police officers in the UK should be routinely armed has been re-visited, after the shocking deaths of two unarmed policewomen in Manchester on Tuesday.

The two officers, 23-year-old PC Nicola Hughes, and 32-year-old PC Fiona Bone, were killed in an incident in the Tameside district of the city, after being sent to check out a routine house burglary report.

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Couple left with pittance after £1.7m fortune squandered on divorce

A judge has criticised two solicitors for spending £1.7 million on legal fees throughout a divorce, according to The Telegraph.

Judge Clive Million, in a County Court judgement delivered in December, said the couple had driven their marriage “full tilt onto the rocks” and stated they have “spent almost all of their assets in litigation” with each other.

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Eight-year sentence for woman who aborted her own baby at 39 weeks

A 35-year-old mother of two from North Yorkshire, Sarah Catt, was sentenced yesterday at Leeds Crown Court, after pleading guilty in July to a charge of administering a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage.

Catt, who was married, had been having a seven-year affair with a work colleague. According to BBC News, she believed he was the father of the child. She concealed the pregnancy from her husband, but went to a hospital in Leeds for a scan at 30 weeks.

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When does a private matter become ‘in the public interest’?

Given the recent publication of photos containing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing at a private property in Provence by the French magazine Closer, we thought we’d look at when invading privacy is justified.

When does intruding into a person’s private life become ‘in the public interest’? Is the fact that Kate Middleton is now a member of the royal family enough to warrant publishing photos of her sunbathing topless whilst on holiday in France?

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What will the criminalisation of squatting cost?

The activity of squatting, or taking possession of an unoccupied building and living there without paying anything to the property owner, has long been a topic that divides opinion.

Some see it as a positive action, where the homeless make good use of unused living spaces. Others see it as a parasitic act that is akin to stealing.

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